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Saturday, June 6, 2009

PF Bloggers Weight Loss Challenge

For some strange reason, I signed up to participate in the PF Bloggers Weight Loss Challenge hosted by ManVsDebt.

I don't know what I was thinking. I guess I wanted a way to hold myself accountable and I needed to compete however impractical that may be.

I am on Team Delta.

Let's hear some Delta Pride.

Any way the goal is to lose 25 pounds by July 31. I am to check in every week with Baker over at ManVsDebt.

My first week has not gone as swimmingly as I would have hoped.

I need to find more activities to be active. I hate the term working out and it is now stricken from this blog forever. I can do that cause it is my blog!

3 comments:

  1. As a member of your opposition (aka the winning team, Alpha) I gotta say buck up. I mean, obviously you won't win (hee, hee, smack talk is just so ridiculous, but strangely addicting!) but I think you're taking this all too seriously.

    Look at it this way: Most people start on a weight loss deal and do GREAT the first week. Fabulous. And then... Yeah. By the end of the first month, they're like, "Uh, what weight loss? No, I decided I'm fine like this."

    So, you had a less than stellar first week. You have 7 left.


    And part of the problem may just be your goal. 3 lbs/week is an awful lot. You'd have to cut out/burn off 1,500 calories a day! That's pretty harsh.


    No smack talk here, but an honest opinion from someone who always fights with her weight (and does it with the fun addition of chronic fatigue): You may be setting yourself up to feel overwhelmed. That doesn't lead anywhere good. In fact, it's more likely to make you give up.


    Consider re-setting your goal. Dunno if Baker will let you do it for the contest. But hell even if he doesn't, reset your own goals. You'll still get points for weight lost. So there's still positive reinforcement.


    I'm not even sure you should shoot for two pounds a week. (1,000 calories burned off or cut out per day) I think you should start small. Shoot for 1 lb a week, at least until you get into the swing of things.


    Also, I'm using Alli. It helps a bit with weight loss, but mainly it keeps me honest. If you eat more than 19 grams of fat in a single meal, you're likely to have some, er, intestinal issues. So it's basically just what I'm using as weight-loss nanny to watch over me. So far, I haven't gone over it. And in the event of a special deal (like Mother's Day brunch) I just didn't take it. Just one idea.


    The weight loss industry is a scary place full of total BS ideas. Like Jenny Craig which, no matter how heavy you are, puts you on 1200 calories a day. A DAY. I read a statistic that that's how much a 160 lb person would burn if she lay in bed all day.

    My advice is to start small. Go for a pound a week for the first couple weeks and try to just get into the groove. When you succeed, you'll get more psyched and then MAYBE you can consider moving up to 2 lbs a week. But if you're anything like me, you set your goals waaaay too high and then are angry and frustrated when you can't achieve them. Which leads to guilt and fun stuff like that. Which just makes me want to curl up with a bag of chocolate and some very loose fitting pants.

    So, try to relax and be easy on yourself. I know how hard it is. You just want the weight GONE. But the slower you take it off, the more likely you are to keep it off. And that's what I keep muttering to myself every time I don't magically lose 10 lbs from a 20 minute walk.

    Also, feel free to email me (seattlegirl at yahoo) if you need someone to talk to. I'll even cut out the smack talk just because I'm nice like that!

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  2. This made me LOL!

    I actually got on the scale today and I am down 2 pounds!

    So take your Alpha and walk it around the block!

    Trash talking is very addicting and Fun!

    Thanks for the pep talk.

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  3. Psssht... Showoff! Now I'll have to lose more weight next week just to show you up.

    Cuz Alpha dogs lead the pack, yo!

    Congrats on the weight loss!

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